UNLV Drops Tough Road Game Against Air Force, 31-14
Oct. 6, 2007
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) -- Chad Hall scored two touchdowns and ran for a career-high 169 yards to help Air Force to a 31-14 Mountain West Conference win over UNLV on Saturday night.
Hall's personal-best 52-yard scamper in the third quarter gave Air Force (4-2, 3-1 Mountain West) a 14-7 lead and put the Falcons ahead of UNLV (2-4, 1-1) to stay.
Hall's 169 rushing yards were the most by an Air Force running back since Jason Jones had 171 yards against Notre Dame in 1991.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Falcons.
Air Force quarterback Shaun Carney threw for 123 yards and added 73 on the ground, including a career-long 71-yard touchdown run that put the Falcons up 21-7 with 3:38 remaining in the third quarter.
Carney is within seven yards of Air Force's all-time career passing yards mark of 4,789 set by Dave Ziebart in 1979. Carney, already the Falcons' all-time total offense career leader, could eclipse Ziebart's record next week against Colorado State.
Chad Smith opened the scoring for Air Force, capping a 12-play drive with a one-yard plunge with 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The drive began on the Air Force 26, after Ryan Kemp and Drew Fowler stuffed Travis Dixon on a quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-one.
UNLV tied the score at 7-7 as time expired in the first half. Freshman quarterback Travis Dixon ran to his left on a second-down play from the 2-yard line, landing on his shoulder in the end zone after being met by a pair of Air Force tacklers. Air Force challenged the ruling on the field, but the replays upheld the touchdown call.
The Rebels scoring drive covered 65 yards and included a key fourth-down conversion on the Air Force 35, with Dixon passing 6 yards to Ryan Wolfe for a first down on the 29. It was UNLV's only fourth-down conversion of the night, as the Falcons stopped the Rebels on three other occasions on fourth down.
UNLV closed the gap to 21-14 with 14:45 remaining in the game on a four-yard touchdown run by Frank Summers, but Air Force was able to respond. The Falcons made it a two-possession game with a 28-yard field goal by Ryan Harrison with 7:29 remaining after Rebels punter Brian Pacheco netted just a seven-yard punt that gave Air Force the ball on the UNLV 13.
Air Force capped the scoring with 1:40 remaining when Hall scored his second touchdown of the night, an eight-yard run.
Summers led UNLV with 100 yards rushing on 25 carries, and Ryan Wolfe grabbed 10 passes for 164 yards.
Neither team had trouble moving the ball, with UNLV finishing with 471 yards of total offense and Air Force 432.